Lately, despite high food bills and higher gas prices I've been able to save a few dollars, but not buying a single unnecessary item. I planned on using what I'd save to enlarge the chooks run to super-sized. So far, my SO has paid every bit of the expense for me to have some chickens just to make me happy. Althought I'm disabled and only work part-time I was proud that I was finally going to be able to pitch in. That was before the tooth pain from ****. I have a dental bridge that was put in "temporarily" while I was still in my late teens; 27 years ago. I never went back and had it placed permanently because the dentist was a butcher, very painful, but the bridge has never given me any problems so...It's one of the things that you tend to put off. Last night, the bridge broke suddenly; leaving the raw nerves exposed. Pain like I've never felt before in my life! And to make matters worse, the teeth above it on my upper jaw began to ache in sympathy. I tried everything to ease the pain while waiting for my SO to get home from work. Heating pad, ice pack, my regular pain meds, his very strong pain meds that he's taken for a shoulder injury. Nothing helped. I finally got a little pain relief when he came home from work. He took cotton balls and soaked them in whiskey and packed them around the bridge. Hurts like the dickens for a few minutes, but then it eases the pain somewhat. We finally found a use for the half-gallon jug of Jack Daniels my Dad gave us a year ago. Neither of us is much of a drinker, live in a dry county besides, so now I know what the JD is good for. Anyhow, I made it thru the night (without sleep), went to work this morning but only made it 3 hours before I had to come back home. I can't take pain meds while working and I certainly can't be smelling like whiskey. My SO plans to call his dentist in the morning and get me an appointment to have the bridge completely removed and what's left of the two teeth under it pulled. Of course, he's gonna have to pay for it; which further hurts my pride. So that's my vent. It's always something that keeps us from getting ahead, huh? Thanks for listening (reading).